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Cyclist-bashers' attacks are monotonous
1:34pm Tuesday 16th October 2012 in Letters
I SEE the cyclist-bashers are at it again and while the urge to rebuke all the anti-cycling rants that appear on this letters page with regular monotony is strong, I have come to the conclusion that the writers are actually correct in what they say.
Cyclists do ride on the pavements, ignore traffic signs and generally annoy the hell out of the public... wait a minute cyclists are the public too... so rather than denigrating further, why not look for a way forward?
Why do cyclists ride on the pavements?
Fear, pure and simple... it is because motorists fail to accord them sufficient room in accordance with rule 163 of the Highway Code, there is even a picture denoting how much room you need to give when overtaking so the hard of thinking can understand.
Cycling in Britain is on the increase both for pleasure and commuting. Fuel prices will continue to rise alarmingly and for many, riding to work will become the norm again.
With this in mind the Highways Agency needs to work with local authorities to improve the roads to facilitate an increase in cycle traffic on main arterial routes.
Shared footpaths could minimise the cost to the taxpayer and help reduce cyclist deaths running at approximately twenty seven a month. The cost of one road death to the tax payer is £1.8m.
So this coupled with the savings made on improved health and fitness of the nation in combating the obesity crisis should make cycling a number one priority.
So yes, let's get cyclist off the pavements and obeying the traffic laws but do it by making the roads safer for cyclists to use them in the first place.
Barry Jones by email.